Note gave the world its first taste of large-screened phones, or small screen tablets with the ability to call. That’s how the phablet revolution began. Now after two years, Samsung announced the Note 4.

Let’s see how Note 4 is different from Note 3.

Hardware

Galaxy Note 3 has a 1.9 octa-core processor and Mali GPU on some models and a 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 800 on others, with 3GB of RAM.

Note 4 also packs a 1.9Ghz octa-core (1.9 quad-core and 1.3 quad-core) and in some models 2.7 GHz quad-core processor also with 3GB of RAM.

Samsung might have done software up gradation so the Note 4 can squeeze more out of the same hardware.

Design

While fully embracing the pebble design, Samsung’s Note 3 played around with different materials. With a metal look on the sides and the back, Note 3 had a nifty leather look which was gimmicky, but felt really nice.

At a glance, the Note 4 looks a lot like Note 3. Though Note 4 has continued this language of sleek metal edge that is actually metal instead of plastic, that contours around ergonomically in contours that aid in grip. On the back, however, is a soft textured finish in plastic.

Build quality

Galaxy Note 3 was a bit of a low point in Samsung’s literally flimsy love for cheap plastics although the different textured material surfaces helped iron things out.

Note 4 shifts to premium materials, with a metal frame wrapped around a beautiful thin body. The back is a soft touch plastic and on the front is a 2.5D glass screen.

Display

Galaxy Note 3 had a sensational 5.7 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (1080 x 1920 pixels) at 386 ppi pixel density protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Note 4 comes with 5.7 Super AMOLED at Quad HD, which is no surprise. Samsung says the Note 4’s 2.5D glass is a lot stronger than the Note 3. What took the cake in display was the Note Edge. A Quad HD Super AMOLED+ screen that curves at the edge, providing several scrollable panels.

S pen

Until the Note 3, the SPen was just a big phone with a stylus. While Note 3 did have a few SPen features. However, this has all changed with the Galaxy Note 4.

Enhanced sensitivity at 2048, with angled response, rotation, speed sensing and super easy-to-use featured built around it. Samsung Galaxy Note 4's software just flows around the SPen like a natural extension of you.

Additional features


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 had a plethora of sensors. However, it was outclassed by Galaxy S5’s health sensors.

Note 4 packs in the Galaxy S5’s heart rate monitor, which also doubles as a shutter button; as well as an Advanced Voice recorder with 3 new mics, with wider field for recording while reducing ambient noise.

It also has in-built noise cancellation as well as a fingerprint scanner and SD card slot.

Camera

Galaxy Note 3 packed in a fantastic 13 MP camera that was crisp and clear with image stabilization, HDR and other modes. It had a 2MP front camera with 1080p recording.

The Note 4 ups the optics with a 16MP back camera with Smart Optical Image Stabilisation. In front, the Note 4 has a 3.7 MP selfie cam at a wide angle f1.9. For wider selfies, you have a 120 degree Wide Selfie mode that lets you take a panorama for selfies.

Battery


Galaxy Note 3 had a big 3200 battery. The Note 4 ups it to a mere 3220 mAh, but with a few features of its own.